Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after making a tackle and was administered CPR before exiting the field in an ambulance in the first quarter of a Monday night football showdown between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL has since announced the game would not resume tonight while adding that Hamlin is in critical condition.
“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available,” the league said in a statement. “The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association which is in agreement with postponing the game.”
Hamlin made a tackle on Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins with over five minutes to go in the first quarter and quickly got up from the hit. The 24-year-old then collapsed on the field after adjusting his helmet. ESPN later reported that Hamlin was being given oxygen on the field.
Hamlin is a sixth-round pick out from Pittsburgh in the 2021 NFL Draft and has totaled 91 tackles, 63 solo tackles, and over a sack in his career. An outpouring of support from teams and players around the league has seen everyone gather in prayer for the Bills’ safety.
The NFL Player’s Association has agreed with the league to postpone Monday night’s contest.
“The NFLPA and everyone in our community is praying for Damar Hamlin. We have been in touch with Bills and Bengals players, and with the NFL. The only thing that matters at this moment is Damar’s health and well-being.” the NFLPA said in a statement.
Our prayers go out to Damar Hamlin and his family.
Damar Hamlin’s marketing rep Jordon Rooney provided an update on Damar’s status:
We will update this story with information as it is given.